Bianca is BACK! #WeTheNorth NCAA style + Rugby 7s in Dubai
Bienvenidos a Miami
After a lengthy rain delay, Bianca Andreescu defeated Maria Sakkari to advance to the Miami Open Finals - the semi finals wrapped up at 1:30am this morning - so I’m enjoying a bit more coffee than usual writing today’s newsletter!
Here’s what my weekend watch list looks like:
Miami Open Grand Final
Saturday will see a GEN-U-INE battle of the heavyweights as top seed and world number one Ashleigh Barty takes on Canada’s Bianca Andreescu in the final of the Miami Open.
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It's the first time the two players have faced each other and the stakes couldn't be higher.
Many will favour Barty over Andreescu - especially considering their route to the final. Barty cruised past Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3, while Andreescu had her work cut out against a spirited Maria Sakkari in a five set match lasting two hours and 42 minutes.
NCAA Final Four
This weekend sees the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four, with Stanford taking on South Carolina, and UConn facing up against Arizona.
Canada boasts an elite player in each of the four teams still alive: Aaliyah Edwards for UConn, Laeticia Amihere for South Carolina, Shaina Pellington for Arizona, and Alyssa Jerome for Stanford.
Stanford are the No. 1 seed and hoping for their first championship in almost thirty years. But with UConn reaching their 13th consecutive final, all eyes will be on Aaliyah Edwards - with the Huskies getting better and better since the 6-foot-3 freshman joined their starting lineup.
Here’s the schedule:
Friday, April 2
9:30 p.m. No. 1 UConn vs. No. 3 Arizona
Sunday, April 4
6 p.m. NCAA Women's Basketball Championship
FA Women’s Super League
It’s another big weekend of action in the FA Women’s Super League, and Canadian players feature prominently in this weekend’s action.
Adriana Leon’s West Ham United will take on Reading on Saturday. West Ham remain rooted to the bottom of the table and badly need a victory following their defeat at Manchester United.
Shelina Zadorsky’s Tottenham Hotspur suffered a major upset in their north London derby defeat at Arsenal, and they’ll be looking to bounce back against Janine Beckie’s Manchester City at Hive on Sunday.
And Jessie Fleming’s Chelsea cruised past Wolfsburg in the Champions League, but face a stern test against Birmingham City in the pick of Sunday’s ties.
The Emirates Invitational 7s
Canada Women Rugby 7s last competitive match was a silver medal finish at the Sydney 7s in February 2020.
Fourteen months and a global pandemic later - we’ll finally see them back in action again this weekend at the The Emirates Invitational 7s in Dubai.
Played over back-to-back weekends April 2-3 and April 8-9, the Dubai tournament will be an opportunity for Canada's top female players to get valuable live match play after several months of training under strict COVID protocols in Langford.
Canada women face stiff competition against the USA, France, Brazil and more, in what should be a mouthwatering series in the desert!
Stream all the action on YOUTUBE
The LPGA’s ANA Inspiration
And finally the first LPGA major of the year got going yesterday at Mission Hills Country Club in California. Canada’s Brooke Henderson got off to an uncharacteristic slow start shooting +3 in the first round, but there’s lots more golf to play!
Watch every round on the Golf Channel!
That’s it for now…see you next Friday!